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Can Blogging Help with the Battle of the Bulge?
Posted on October 23rd 2012
The internet has given us numerous avenues to share our thoughts and feelings, as well as connect with people thousands of miles away in an instant. Some argue there are many downsides to this ,and while that may be true, this platform offer lots of good things that can aid us in making positive changes in our lives. If you are trying to lose weight, you know how hard it can be to stay motivated, deal with frustration, conquer cravings, wrestle with the guilt from a binge, and overcome lazy tendencies that keep us from being as physically active as we should. All of these challenges stew around in our minds where they can sabotage our efforts to shed those pounds successfully. Having ways to deal with these challenges productively can keep us on track and claim victory. One such online tool may be blogging and I believe it can be a very powerful addition to your arsenal.
Opportunity to Release and Reflect
When it comes to successfully losing weight, it is important to find ways to deal with stress and figure out what is triggering self-defeating behaviors that prevent us from losing weight. Journaling can be highly effective for this purpose and a blog is essentially an online journal that can serve as an avenue to release stress and reflect on your thoughts and feelings and the behaviors they lead to. Losing weight is hard for many reasons, and one of the biggest ones, is our tendency to make self-defeating and self-sabotaging decisions that we know are bad for us, but that we just cannot seem to help. Blogging offers an opportunity to bring that stuff out of your head and into the world where you can look at it in a constructive way. You can learn to identify triggers, you can analyze why you feel the way you do and why you make the choices you make when it comes to eating, exercising and other issues of lifestyle. Do not underestimate the power that comes with getting your thoughts down on ‘’paper.’’
You can share all and any thoughts related to your journey. You can share successes and vent frustrations. Consciously reflecting on your thoughts and feelings about your weight loss efforts will help you uncover a gold mine of information about yourself and the better you know yourself, the more successful you will be at developing strategies that will support your efforts to lose weight.
Motivation is constantly coming and going, and we always need ways to spark it day to day. Blogging can be a great tool for motivating you along your weight loss journey. The idea of blogging about your experiences can get you excited to actually do things like exercise or experiment with those healthy recipes…after all, you need to have something to write about. Once you have put your intentions out there in the world and people know you are trying to lose weight, that might give you the extra push you need to get the results you are after; once people know about our goals, it can put a good type of pressure on us to follow through. Your blog is also a great way to connect with others who are also trying to lose weight and you have an opportunity to inspire others; when you see that you are helping other people, you will feel even more motivated to be successful in slimming down.
Blogging is super easy and you can get started right away; a site like Blogger allows you to set up a free blog in literally just minutes. When it comes to what to write, that is all up to you. Share as much or as little as you would like. You can offer advice to other people, share insights you have developed along your path, vent the frustrations from a particularly bad day. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Share anything about your journey that you think it would be helpful for other people to read. Put yourself in other people’s shoes. If you were the reader and not the blogger, what type of information would you want to read about someone’s experience with trying to lose weight? Chances are, anything that comes to mind is something of interest to other people just like you.